I’ve always heard from other baseball fans that Camden Yards is a place all baseball fans should go at least once. As my Dad said “It’s the place that started the revolution of sorts that we’ve seen go on for the past 2 decades.” Seeing stadium get smaller and bulit with the outfield open so you can see the city skyline in the background, kinda like Busch Stadium for instance. Anyways last September when they released the schedule for the 2011 season and me and my Dad saw the Cardinals would be visiting Baltimore, We both knew right away that was a game we were not going to miss, as soon as the O’s started selling single game tickets, me and my Dad bought our tickets for Tuesday Night.
The only bad thing I have to say about the city of Baltimore is that their parking garages are not laid out very well, once me and my Dad finally got into Baltimore it tooks about 30 minutes just to find a place to park, and not only that but the place we parked was about a mile and a half away from Camden Yards so we did a whole bunch of walking. Because of these two things, we got into the Stadium about 20 minutes before gametime, so I missed Batting Practice unfortunetly.
Camden Yards is a beautiful stadium, It’s planted right in the middle of downtown Baltimore, and it’s got some great views of the surronding area. The Orioles fans were also very nice and more than once I found myself talking baseball with Orioles fans as I walked around the stadium during the game. I decided to do something different in this game since there were not a whole lot of people at this praticular game, I decided that after starting the game sitting in my original seat (upper deck in left field) I was going to walk around the stadium and find empty seats and watch the game from different parts of the stadium. I sat in about 6 different seats throughout the game, my favorite though was the upper deck behind homeplate. Not only was there a great view of the game, but there was an amazing view of downtown Baltimore.
Okay so the game itself was awesome, Kyle Loshe was great, and I got to see our offense really heat up, There must be something about Camden Yards that made our bats get super hot, I got to see David Freese and Nick Punto return to the lineup which was great, And they both went 2-4 and each got an RBI. Kyle Loshe countied with the comeback year he was having and it was great seeing him pitch so well. To make things even better after the rain delay in the 6th inning, the lower lever really emptied out, so I snuck down there and got some new seats right behind third base. I ended up leaving after the Cardinals 8th inning (due only to the fact that my Dad was driving straight home after the game and we had a 3 1/2 hour drive ahead of us). But it was great seeing Camden Yards and It’s a great place to see a ball game.
The Cardinals as you obviously know went on to sweep the Orioles, and tonight got their 4th straight win after beating the Rays. First there was Carpenter’s complete game on Wednesday night. He seems like he may finally be coming out of that funk he’s been in most of the year. The only thing that worries me is the fact that his pitch count has been way too high his last few starts (Wednesday he set a personal record for most pitches in a game). Knowing that Carp has had trouble with arm injuries before I’d be careful and make sure he doesn’t wear his arm out. On Thursday we completed the sweep with a decent outing from Jaime and a 2 homer night by the Puma Lance Berkman. Then tonight we took out the Rays 5-3 in a wild game that during the 8th inning saw 4 ejections. Apparently the Rays pitcher Howell thought that the Umpire was being unfair to him, he responded by acting like a little baby throwing a tantrum.
Cards are back in first place with this 4 game winning streak we’re on, Hopefully we can keep it up!
Thanks for Reading and God Bless
I leave you with some of the many picture from Tuesday Night (sorry the Quality is not perfect, they were taking on my phone’s camera.)